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Monday, 14 July 2014

Destination Inspiration - Altered Clay Pot

 
Terry here with my first Destination Inspiration Share and thank you for joining me today. I decided to alter a clay pot using a variety of fun Tim Holtz products most which are available at Country View Crafts, our wonderful sponsor.  Here we go and feel free to contact me should you have any questions! This will be photo heavy, so grab that cup of whatever makes you happy!

The first step is to wash and lightly sand your clay pot and let this dry completely, apply a coat of matte sealer of your choice. Once dry, using the applicator tool,  I applied alcohol inks (Salmon and Sunshine Yellow) and a mixative (Snow Cap) with a squirt of blending solution over the colors. Next torn tissue paper was applied and I used Americana Decou-page, but any medium you like is fine. I left some areas uncovered.
Then I applied Wild Honey and Mustard Seed Distress stains in a random pattern and gave a spray with water to blend. Have a damp paint brush available to catch any drips or to move color around. When dry, I gave a spray of matte sealer.
Next is to tone done some of the brightness using some Antique Linen Distress paint, lightly load one side of a paint brush and rub off excess on a paper towel and then begin highlighting the raised tissue wrap areas and don't be concerned with a little extra paint going where you don't want it. You can rub that into to pot for more color variation using your fingers.
Now we repeat the layering process using Brushed Corduroy and Black Soot. With the last application of color, I also turned the pot upside down to hit areas in a different direction. Once happy this was sealed with a spray. Sorry this photo blurred.
The stages of the lonely clay pot!
The Latticeworks stencil fit perfectly around the rim of the pot with just slightly off from start to finish, but not even noticeable. Loved that. I taped down the stencil and pounced on Black Soot using the applicator and each section was heat set and sealed with spray before moving onto the next areas. You could use paint, but I really wanted a more translucent look, so went with the Distress ink. The spray sealer will also lift off a little of the Distress ink and that is exactly the look I wanted to achieve.
Now that the pot is all prepared, I decided to decorate the pot with some stamped images from Classic #17 and Papillon. Some images were masked, stamped directly on the pot and then colored with Distress Markers (Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed) or stamped on tissue paper and colored on the reverse side with Distress ink (Dried Marigold). After I apply a tissue image to the pot, I always apply another coat of medium over the image, but starting in the center and working to the edge. All imaged were stamped using Black Archival and then heat set.

A little secret is to always have a cotton swab and some alcohol handy in the event of a stamping mishap. Most of the Archival ink will lift off with alcohol when done quickly. Don't rub, but blot off and then gently wipe with water. Images stamped and colored with markers were given a quick spray with sealer to set color. All tissue stamped and colored images were applied with Americana Decou-page. When all was finished, again I gave the entire pot a couple of sprays with sealer. This will be varnished once I am sure I don't want to add more images.
 
I sure hope you enjoyed this little adventure and will go find an old pot and have a little fun altering it. Again I thank you for stopping by!
 

26 comments:

  1. Terry this is beautiful great job on that old plain clay pot....would look beautiful on my porch. lol.

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  2. What a tranformation! Loved watching the step by step detailing...sure eye catcher, Terry.

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  3. Absolutely fabulous tutorial Terry, the effect of the Tissue paper is so cool, wonderful colour palette too. Great inspiration, thank you!!

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  4. Wonderful pot Terry. Love how you used the stencil around the top. Thanks for the tutorial too. Karen.x

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous Terry and what a great way to use all those yummy distress products ! gorgeous summery colours too x hugs x

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  6. Fabulous altered pot, love the stencilled top, and your gorgeous colours.

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  7. Brilliant transformation - a plain clay pot is now a thing of beauty!

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  8. WOW Terry! What a fantastic idea! Love the way the pot now has a burst of colour with that mottled look. The stencilling is fabulous and your choice of images spot on. A wonderful tutorial that I will need to revisit. Jenny x

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  9. Awesome transformation, such wonderful tones achieved with your techniques. The stencilling around the curve is brilliant. Thanks for sharing in so much detail . Nikki xx

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  10. This is such a wonderful transformation Terry! Your stamped images look fabulous and the beautiful stenciling is very classy. I love this idea and your tutorial is excellent. This is definitely one to make a note of! Hugs, Anne xx

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  11. An absolutely brilliant piece of altered art, Terry - and what a great tutorial taking us through your creation. Love the golden honey colours, and the stencilling around the rim is great. Can't believe how amazing all those winged creatures look fluttering around - beautiful!
    Alison xx

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  12. A stunning and inspiring make Terry. Amazing colours and the stencilling is fabulous. Thank you for the fabulous tutorial

    Huge hugs Annie x

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  13. Terry, this is wonderful. What a great idea for a present for a gardener friend! Thanks for sharing. Jean.x

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  14. I REALLY like this idea! The textures are cool!

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  15. thanks for this Alison - its such a good idea - the perfect solution to a Christmas present idea I was having - thankyou! You're so clever xx

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  16. Wow, this is lovely! I shall have to bookmark this one and go back to it once I return from holiday :-)

    Sally

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  17. Your pot turned out beautiful, I love everything about it.

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  18. A beautifully decorated pot! love the stenciling and decoupaging!

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  19. Love this beautiful pot and it looks like such a fun project! Thank you for sharing it!

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  20. Terry - thanks for sharing this great project and your abundant talents with us. Love the pot - especially the colors.

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  21. This is absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for your detailed explaination of how you created this beauty. The stenciing around the rim is brilliant and I love the colors.

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  22. This is gorgeous and so inspiring, love it! Thanks for the share.

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  23. Beautiful! & Brilliant tutorial
    Love the colours and the finished effect effect is stunning, top tip too

    Jools x

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  24. When I saw what you had done to the clay pots I was blown away! And after studying your (extremely) clear directions I tried to do one myself. It turned out SO pretty!! Thank you so much for your creativitiy.

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